America, including hundreds of thousands of American federal employees, will soon feel the impact of a U.S. government shutdown. The federal government could, in fact, officially close as of 12:01 a.m. on Friday.
America Waits on the News
After the Senate Republicans on late Monday did block a bill to fund the government at present levels and suspend the debt ceiling, Congress has moved one step closer to a shutdown. Then, on Thursday, it would appear that a shutdown did to avert. Then the Senate is poised to approve a short-term government funding bill. It keeps federal agencies open through early December. Thus it staves off a partial government shutdown.
America and its Citizens Would Definitely Notice the Disruption
There is a disruption most Americans would notice one way or another. There were many national parks that would likely shut down. In fact, mortgage and other loan applications could be delayed because the IRS could not stop verifying the income and Social Security numbers. It was according to the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB). They are a nonprofit group that is focusing on fiscal issues.
In fact, the government services are deeming essential. These are typical tasks that are important to safety and national security. Moreover, border protection and air traffic control. It would continue despite a shutdown. However, the disruption does come at a sensitive time, with many Americans that struggling to regain their footing amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, the economy is grappling with the effects of the COVID-19 Delta variant.
Different Definitions of Essential Work
“In fact, every shutdown is really different. There is a lot of discretion in the agencies about what they can continue to do,” said Marc Goldwein. He is the senior policy director at the CRFB. “Everything that’s not essential is going to have to stop. However, there are different definitions of essential work.”